Maureen Dowd

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Outgoing French ambassador to the US Gérard Araud: criticised Donald Trump as a whimsical, unpredictable, uninformed Sun King. Photograph: Damon Winter

Washington will miss Gérard Araud, but Gérard Araud will not miss Washington. The capital has too many squirrels, he says, not to mention a squirrelly(...)

Former Texas Congressman and Democratic party presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke: The 46 year old offers the politics of feelings. Photograph: Stephen Maturen/AFP

The heavens part. The light shines down. The rise in the oceans begins to slow. The world is once more bathed in the mystical glow of a messiah. Our r(...)

Michael Cohen, US president Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer, testifies before the House of Representatives oversight committee on Capitol Hill, in Washington, DC. Photograph: Erin Schaff/The New York Times

First there was Ivana. Then there was Marla. Now comes trouble in paradise with Kim. Last fall, Trump cooed that the North Korean dictator wrote him (...)

The last time Joe Biden thought about running for the US presidency, in 2016, he was in a miasma of grief about Beau, his oldest son, who died from brain cancer the previous year. Photograph: Christof Stache/ AFP/Getty Images

It’s a truism in Washington that when politicians say they’re not running so they can spend more time with their families, something else, possibly so(...)

‘Amazon  founder Jeff Bezos has managed to come through a traumatic week inspiring admiration.’ File photograph: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

Jeff Bezos understands survival instincts. As a hedge-fund refugee, he conjured Amazon, the world’s biggest store, by tapping into our hunter-gathere(...)

 Katie Hill, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez,  Lauren Underwood  and Angie Craig: tracked Mitch McConnell to petition him to have a vote to reopen the government. Photograph: Sarah Silbiger/New York Times

After I’d been writing a column for a few years, a male boss gave me a T-shirt depicting the Furies swooping. He didn’t mean it as a compliment. The(...)

Former president Barack Obama congratulates Donald Trump after the latter’s inauguration speech. Photograph: Carlos Barria/Reuters

When I was in Reykjavik in August, Icelanders were bragging about putting the corrupt bankers who ravaged their economy in prison. In the US, it works(...)

Michelle Obama speaks at the Waterfront in Belfast in 2013. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Michelle Obama’s Becoming narrates the remarkable rise of its author from shoebox apartment on Chicago’s south side through Ivy League undergrad and g(...)

Former Democratic senator and presidential hopeful Gary Hart: “I bear a very heavy burden of responsibility.” Photograph: Nick Cote/The New York Times

As we fantasise about a parallel universe, where America is not a joke and our president cares about other human beings, the same questions keep swirl(...)

US president Donald Trump and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin in 2017. Photograph: Jorge Silva/File Photo/Reuters

I had dinner with Vladimir Putin once. He made me lose my appetite. The then-fledgling president of Russia was polite and smiling at first with me an(...)

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